Report: Callum McGregor to make Scotland squad despite Celtic injury woes

By David Walton

September 28, 2021

Scotland boss Steve Clarke will surprisingly announce Callum McGregor in today’s squad despite the midfielder’s injury woes, according to the Scottish Sun.

McGregor has missed the Hoops’ last four matches through injury. This comes after picking up a hamstring complaint. The Sun reports that Ange Postecoglou rates him as doubtful for our next two games against Bayer Leverkusen and Aberdeen respectively.

But Clarke is likely to gamble on his fitness, the report claims. Scotland have key World Cup qualifying fixtures against Israel and the Faroe Islands over the course of October.

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McGregor has been a key cog for Clarke in recent months. But Postecoglou will now have a big decision to make on whether to let his player leave on international duty or not.

Should the Celtic captain make a return to action before the break, it would make sense to let him depart. The big question will be whether he’s allowed to leave even if he’s still sidelined.

Celtic have a hectic schedule in October, with five games within a 14-day period after the internationals.

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Postecoglou of course won’t have the final decision here. Clubs can’t block players for leaving to head off on international duty. If the player feels good to go, then it’s down to them.

But McGregor will be taking the advisement of the Celtic manager seriously. If he isn’t 100% fit, then Postecoglou will need to let him know that he wouldn’t be pleased with him going.

Celtic fans are waiting patiently for McGregor to return to action. We’ve badly missed his influence in the middle of the park, and we shouldn’t be putting his recovery process at risk. Heading off on his travels with Scotland seems like the last thing we should be advising him to do given his hamstring problems.

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Granted, if McGregor features over the next week, we can have no complaints. We can’t state that he’s injured if he’s back firing for Celtic in European action or in a massive domestic match.

But the international break comes at a problematic time for Celtic. We need to utilise these next two weeks to allow McGregor to rest up and get back to full-fitness for another hectic run of games.

Hopefully, for once, he drops out of the Scotland squad this time around. The timing is just all wrong from a Celtic perspective.

In other news, Liel Abada’s superb Celtic start shouldn’t be overshadowed by inconsistent results